We’re very sad to hear about Alan Cheuse’s passing. NWS founder and authors Doug Stanton and Jack Driscoll first met Alan at the Bennington Writing Workshops in Vermont, when the program was directed by novelist Nicolas Delbanco. Nick later came to University of Michigan to direct creative writing there; and he, in fact, invited novelist Frederick Busch to teach at U of M. Frederick’s son, Benjamin, is now an NWS board member and author living in Michigan. Alan, too, developed longstanding Michigan connections.

Writing, while encompassing worlds, is really a small one, at heart. We loved Alan’s reviews on national NPR and we we thrilled when he came to NWS to host a conversation with his friend and fellow novelist Geraldine Brooks in April 15, 2012. Much of the spirit of that earlier Bennington writing program, led by Delbanco and with Alan as a regular member, inspired what we hope to do at NWS: engage, entertain, teach. In this New York Times story about his life and work, he offers this poignant advice: “Live as much as you can, read as much as you can, and write as much as you can.”

Here’s the story: